I was inspired and also slightly distracted upon the realization that when this post goes up I’ll be in Disney World. So naturally, (after my mom suggested it) this post took a fairy-tale sort of direction.
As a little girl, I was never really ‘into’ all the princesses. In fact, my favorite Disney movie was The Aristocats. Mulan was my favorite princess movie and she wasn’t even technically a princess! However, I still fell in love with the idea of Prince Charming. This perfect man that would come riding through the streets of Suburbia on a white horse and sweep me off my feet. I mean, the name Sarah even means Princess. I had things going for me!
But alas, no knights in shining armor have trot up my driveway (which would be pretty impressive since it sits at a 25 to 30-degree angle), and the idea of Prince Charming shifted over the years. I vividly remember hanging out in my friend’s backyard in middle school talking about how amazing it would be if Zac Efron and Corbin Bleu pulled up in a bright red convertible and whisked us away with them to L.A. Needless to say, that never happened either.
Now I’m twenty-three, I’ve yet to meet my Prince Charming, but I still get giddy every time Flynn Ryder takes Rapunzel to see the lanterns. That scene, along with every other Romantic Comedy out there builds up this view of the perfect man. Tall, dark, and handsome. Blonde, blue-eyed, and fresh out of the gym. Good looking guy in a suit that shows up at your door with roses and a bottle of wine. Hot Doctor. Foreign, rich, and oh wait, he’s actually a prince in his home country? Okay, you get the idea.
Now, I’m not writing this post to bash romance and fairy-tales. I love that stuff. Sure, sometimes I watch them and shed a tiny tear at the realization that in most cases that isn’t quite how ‘love’ works. But I do know that when I think of the “Perfect Man” there is one love story that comes to mind.
It’s the story that can be summed up in one simple verse:
“For God so loved the World, that He gave His only Son. That whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus was the perfect Man, and he fits the bill. He healed the sick, brought wine to the wedding, and he was called the Prince of Peace. On top of all that, he died for you. He died for everyone, to forgive us all from our sin so that we can live forever with Him. I’m positive Flynn Ryder couldn’t even do that if he tried.
The best part of this love story? Jesus was 100% real. His love for us isn’t summed up in a fairy-tale. It exists in a best-selling book of history and mystery written just for you, and He will love you unconditionally. Even if you don’t have miles of golden hair that glows when you sing.
Until next time,